Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, was vehemently jeered and repeatedly booed at an Enugu Town Hall meeting on Monday.
Dr. Ngige who was speaking at the Enugu Town Hall Meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture tried to defend the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari to the dismay of the audience.
At a point the hall became uncontrollable, and it took a lot of efforts for organizers to restore order.
Some participants complained that Mr. Buhari had marginalized the zone in the appointments made so far.
Ngige had tried to defend President Buhari’s appointments, saying a leader must be allowed to work with people he could trust, a line of argument that sparked further jeers and more disorder.
The meeting had in attendance; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
All speakers at the event seemed to agree on the fact that the President needed to step up his game in the zone and fulfill his election promises.
The governor said the appeal became imperative following the epileptic power supply and bad roads in the region.
He also tasked the Federal Government to make substantial investment in the Ugwuoba Gas Field in Oji River local government area of the state.
“I recall the president’s campaign promise to revive the coal mines in Enugu and utilise it to generate electricity.”
“Coal is a major energy source in some countries of the world and we have it in abundance in the state. If this is done it will directly or indirectly create job opportunities for millions of Nigerians.”
Speaking at the event, Archbishop Chukwuma warned against the plot being hatched to oust Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
He advised the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and other APC members to quit schemes to remove Ekweremadu, saying that line of action would jeopardize Nigeria’s unity.
President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Okechukwu Isiguzoro said:
“the plot by some forces within the APC to remove Ekweremadu is a very dangerous dimension. Ekweremadu is not a product of the South-East but the entire Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“So, any attempt to remove him as the Deputy Senate President will be resisted by the Ohanaeze Youth Council. We will make this place very hot for any person, groups, or cabal that tried to remove Ekweremadu.”
“We will match to the National Assembly straight away, occupy the place and resist any move by anybody within the government of Buhari to remove Ekweremadu. It won’t happen.”